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Residents can get help enrolling in health care coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act at a Beat the Rush enrollment event Saturday, Nov. 4.

Open enrollment for 2018 coverage began Nov. 1. This year’s enrollment period has been shortened from previous years and will end Dec. 15.

Locally, enrollment assistance from trained health navigators will be available from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Department of Health and Human Services Silver Spring Center at 8818 Georgia Ave., 2nd Floor.

Attendees can also learn if they qualify for financial assistance under the act, colloquially known as Obamacare.

According to county information, potential enrollees will need to provide the following for each person listed on their tax return, even if those individuals are not applying for coverage:

  • Home and/or mailing addresses for everyone applying for coverage
  • Birth dates and general information about family
  • Government-issued photo identification for everyone in the family,  (driver’s license, valid U.S. passport, I\Identification cards)
  • Social security numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants applying for coverage)
  • Document information about immigration status (employment authorization, naturalization certificate, green card, I-94, etc.) Individuals who are not applying for coverage will not be asked about immigration status.
  • Employer and income information for everyone in the family (for example, paystubs or W-2 wage & tax statements).

More information about what documents to bring is available here.

Individuals can also apply can also apply by phone at Maryland Health Connection’s consumer support center. The toll-free number is 1-855-642-8572 or TTY 1-855-642-8573.

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Health care coverage enrollment help offered Nov. 4